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BBC iPlayer iPhone App To Debut Soon?

Settling the rising rumour wave on the blogosphere about the imminent launch of iPlayer app for the iPhone, the BBC has let the cat slip out of the bag as it released a screenshot of the same in its monthly press pack.

The Corporation, in its monthly press pack, has showed an image displaying an iPlayer application running on the Apple’s blockbuster smartphone. The screenshot showcases a download as well as streaming option, along with the feature to view live content as it broadcast.

It further shows the iPhone connected to a Wi-Fi network, suggesting that 3G connections wouldn’t be allowed to use the catch-up service, something that doesn't come as a surprise given the reluctance of some mobile network operators.

In addition to downloads and live streaming of television and radio programmes, the application would enable its users to send messages to the programme using the iPhone app.

Stats revealed in the press pack further noted that the iPhone and iPod Touch usage is contributing to around 7 percent of total iPlayer requests for TV programming, and 3 percent for radio programming.

In the month of October, iPlayer got a whopping 79.3 million total requests, which include 53.2 million for TV programming and the rest 26.1 million for radio - its best since its launch in 2007.

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Whether the link was a voluntary one or not remains to be seen. One thing that cannot be disputed is the fact that a dedicated BBC iPlayer app is real and should, barring unforeseen circumstances, appear in the UK App store by the end of the year.

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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.